Black-eyed Pea (restaurant)

Black-Eyed Pea (Restaurant)

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Black-eyed Pea is a United States restaurant chain. The restaurants are located primarily in Texas and Colorado.<!-- Deleted image removed: -->

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Black-eyed Pea was founded in 1975 by Dallas restaurateur Gene Street. Its first location opened on Cedar Springs road in Oak Lawn, Dallas, and is still in operation there. The chain eventually expanded across the Southern United States.

In early 1997, DenAmerica purchased the Black-eyed Pea restaurant chain from Unigate plc, a British food manufacturer and distributor, for $65 million. At that time the Black-eyed Pea chain consisted of 130 restaurants, about a quarter of which were franchises.

On November 12, 2001, DenAmerica, now operating as Phoenix Restaurant Group, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This resulted in the closing of 48 Black-eyed Pea locations, reducing the chain to 44 locations (not including the Colorado locations, whose owners were in much better financial shape). In 2002, under new management, Black-eyed Pea was reformatted as a "country casual" chain by adding more appetizers and seafood offerings, along with more grilled items as well as an increased emphasis on its bar.

As of July 12, 2007, Black-eyed Pea has a total of 50 locations, including 35 in Texas and 15 in Colorado. The Texas locations are largely located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metropolitan areas, while the vast majority of the Colorado restaurants are...
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